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Cazoo prepares for UK launch with senior team recruitment drive

Cazoo and Zoopla founder Alex Chesterman

Cazoo, the online used car buying platform, has appointed a further seven senior directors ahead of its planned UK launch towards the end of this year.

Having raised over £30 million at the end of last year, the online used car buying platform soon to be launched by Zoopla founder Alex Chesterman, has already built a team of over 80 people based in Euston, central London.

Cazoo aims to make buying a used car no different to buying any other product online today by letting consumers select from thousands of cars online and have it delivered to their door in as little as 48 hours.

The seven appointments will help build the teams for Cazoo’s chief customer officer Darren Bentley and the company’s chief technology officer Jonathan Howell, as well as the data and finance departments.

Cazoo has been steadily building its team in the last few months, attracting new hires from across the industry, including Auto Trader, Tesla and Manheim.

Alex Chesterman, Cazoo founder and chief executive, said: “These latest hires each bring with them deep retail and digital experience and proven track records in their respective fields.

“We have now assembled a world class senior management team alongside a total team of over 80 who are entirely focused on delivering the UK’s best used car buying experience.”

Cazoo new hires

Katherine Hurst joins Cazoo as customer experience director from Paddy Power Betfair where she was CRM director looking after the customer communications globally and managing a team of 35. Prior to that Hurst held various insights positions at Procter & Gamble. She will be responsible for CRM, customer operations and experience and will report Bentley.

Lucas Bergmans joins Cazoo as brand director from Aviva where he was head of brand, responsible for relaunching the brand in the UK.

Prior to that Bergmans held various marketing roles on brands such as MoneySuperMarket, Pepsi, Heineken and Old El Paso. He will be responsible for brand strategy, advertising and content and will report to Bentley. 

Ercan Kamil joins Cazoo as digital marketing director from MoneySuperMarket where he was head of digital responsible for digital marketing across performance media and organic performance.

Prior to that Kamil worked for PHD Media, part of Omnicom Media Group. He will be responsible for digital marketing and will also report to Bentley.

Louis Badcock joins Cazoo as product director from Simply Business where he was director of product and user experience and overseeing a team of 35. Prior to that Badcock led digital product teams at Tesco, John Lewis and online jewellery retailer Astley Clarke. He will be responsible for delivering Cazoo’s online customer experience and will report to Howell.

Ian Kershaw joins Cazoo as engineering director from Photobox Group where he was engineering director and led the turnaround of data engineering for the group.

Prior to that Kershaw worked in software engineering for MTV and He will be responsible for the delivery of all product engineering and will also report to Howell. 

Joe Meehan joins Cazoo as head of data analytics from Graze where he was head of data, responsible for data engineering and analysis across the business. Prior to that Meehan worked for Ernst & Young in the financial services technology practice and as a technical engineer at Metaswitch Networks. He will be responsible for leading the data science and optimisation programmes at Cazoo.

Dan Read joins Cazoo as head of finance from Zoopla where he was finance director overseeing a financial operations team of 30.

Prior to that Read spent five years at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he qualified as a chartered accountant. He will be responsible for the company's treasury, reporting and forecasting activities and managing the day to day finance operations and will report to Cazoo’s chief financial officer, Alex Gersh.

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